Cat & Cloud Coffee threw its doors open early Tuesday in a soft opening to invite the public to their airy indoor, outdoor walk-up counter café. With two other locations in Santa Cruz, the business takes perch in the new and sprawling Aptos Village that has recently seen the opening the New Leaf Community Market, Sereno Group and the Sockshop & Shoe Co.
Cat & Cloud was swarmed with business just hours into its opening.
“I’ve been waiting so long for this to open in this neighborhood,” said Lindsay Pavlovich, whose family has a long history in the apple industry in Watsonville. “The people here are so nice and it’s just a happy place to come and enjoy a coffee. Everyone is excited about it. I’m sure they’ll do well. My husband and I are so glad that we can just walk here and the New Leaf from our home.”
Manager Lucas Aguiar said he was happy with the outpouring of customers right from the get go.
“Right now we’re just making sure everything is running smoothly,” he said. “It’s a great location and we’re so happy to be able to serve this community in Aptos Village.”
Aguiar said they serve a full coffee menu, summer drinks, teas, pastries and toast and carry a lengthy line of coffee beans or ground coffee to take home.
They are at 10 Parade St. and are open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The original Cat & Cloud location in East Side Santa Cruz is at 3600 Portola Drive in Live Oak. Its other location, Cat & Cloud Downtown, is at Abbott Square Market, 725 Front St.